Emergency Services and Disaster Law; limitation on duration of executive orders. (SB4)

Introduced By

Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem) with support from co-patron Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Emergency Services and Disaster Law; limitation on duration of executive orders. Limits the duration of any executive order issued by the Governor pursuant to his powers under the Emergency Services and Disaster Law to no more than 45 days from the date of issuance. The bill provides that if the General Assembly does not take any action on the rule, regulation, or order within the 45 days during which the rule, regulation, or order is effective, the Governor shall thereafter be prohibited from issuing the same or a similar rule, regulation, or order relating to the same emergency. Under current law, once issued, such executive orders are effective until June 30 following the next regular session of the General Assembly. This bill incorporates SB 166 and SB 731 and is identical to HB 158. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/22/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100576D
11/22/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/20/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB4)
02/09/2022Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Committee substitute printed 22106465D-S1
02/09/2022Incorporates SB166 (Peake)
02/09/2022Incorporates SB731 (Lewis)
02/09/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/10/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB4S1)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106465D-S1
02/14/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB4S1
02/15/2022Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Rules
03/03/2022Reported from Rules with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Committee substitute printed 22107417D-H1
03/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB4H1)
03/07/2022Read second time
03/08/2022Passed by for the day
03/09/2022Read third time
03/09/2022Committee on Rules substitute rejected 22107417D-H1
03/09/2022Passed House (91-Y 8-N)
03/09/2022VOTE: Passage (91-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB4ER)
03/11/2022Signed by President
03/11/2022Signed by Speaker
03/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB4ER)
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/11/2022Governor's substitute printed 22108055D-S2
04/27/2022Passed by for the day
04/27/2022Communicated to Governor on April 27, 2022
04/27/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., May 27, 2022
05/27/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 803 (effective 7/1/22)
05/27/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0803)

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate General Laws and Technology committee on 12/02/2022. It meets on Monday, 45 minutes after adjournment—Senate Room A.

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